The Gold Coast Bulletin



FORGET the attacking brilliance of Jarome Luai, Charlie Staines and Matt Burton, the Penrith Panthers have built their 2021 NRL premiershi­p assault on an unbreakabl­e defence.

The Panthers will head to Suncorp Stadium on Sunday night looking to extend their unbeaten streak this year to 10 straight games when they face the Gold Coast Titans in the final match of Magic Round.

The Panthers have the hottest young team in the NRL, boasting some of the game’s most exciting talent and Dally M Medal leading halfback Nathan guiding them.

But it is Penrith’s near impenetrab­le defence which has the Panthers primed to avenge last year’s grand final loss to Melbourne.

The Panthers have only conceded 60 points in nine rounds this year at an average of 6.67 points per game.

Penrith boasted the NRL’s best defensive record in last year’s regular season when they conceded 238 points in 20 rounds at 11.9 a game, going on a 17-match winning streak before being ambushed by the Storm in the grand final.


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